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Letter to the editor: An electrical rate check-in

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 19th, 2013

In a few weeks, all Torrington electrical customers will receive their first summer electrical bill and, as in the past four years, some will tell each other and whoever will listen that the city has increased rates without telling the public. Actually, what has happened is the summer rate increase introduced by the last city administration will go into effect.

Even with the summer increase, Torrington electrical rates are the seventh lowest out of 175 Wyoming towns and cities listed on the internet from A to Y. In the winter, Torrington is fourth lowest. Comparative rates can be checked out on the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) website http://psc.state.wy.us/htdocs/dwnload/Ratecompweb.pdf.

As a member of the Torrington utility committee, until February, my goal was to balance rates evenly over the year and have a steady year-round rate. But, because of three individuals, the PSC treated Torrington as if it was a for-profit entity, and they overstepped the guidelines given to them by the legislature.

We see this more often at the federal level where bureaucrats make law instead of enforcing laws through directives given to them by legislative bodies. Also, the members of the PSC, who are mostly attorneys, know nothing of what it takes to govern a city. They are as perfidious as tort attorneys whom I blame for the high cost of medical health service, high cost of prescription drugs, high cost of insurance and for driving down the number of vaccine laboratories in the U.S., just to name a relatively few items.

So, remember, it is not a rate increase but the product of a bungler and a weak-kneed governor with no intestinal fortitude, except for taking away citizens’ right to vote, and a democrat Wyoming attorney general who won’t make waves in a Republican ocean.


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